Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder: Alan Partridge. Star of action blockbuster Alpha Papa; a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Gregarious and popular, yet Alan's never happier than when relaxing in his own five-bedroom, south-built house with three acres of land and access to a private stream. But who is this mysterious enigma?
Alan Gordon Partridge is the best – and best-loved – radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan's broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile at St. Luke's Hospital in Norwich. After replacing Peter Flint as the presenter of Scout About, he entered the top 8 of BBC sports presenters.
But Alan's big break came with his primetime BBC chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You. Sadly, the show battled against poor scheduling, having been put up against News at Ten, then in its heyday. Due to declining ratings, a single catastrophic hitch (the killing of a guest on air) and the dumbing down of network TV, Alan's show was cancelled. Not to be dissuaded, he embraced this opportunity to wind up his production company, leave London and fulfil a lifelong ambition to return to his roots in local radio.
Now single, Alan is an intensely private man but he opens up, for the second time, in this candid, entertaining, often deeply emotional – and of course compelling – memoir, written entirely in his own words. (Alan quickly dispelled the idea of using a ghost writer. With a grade B English Language O-Level, he knew he was up to the task.)
He speaks touchingly about his tragic Toblerone addiction, and the painful moment when unsold copies of his first autobiography, Bouncing Back, were pulped like ‘word porridge'. He reveals all about his relationship with his ex-Ukrainian girlfriend, Sonja, with whom he had sex at least twice a day, and the truth about the thick people who make key decisions at the BBC.
A literary tour de force, I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan charts the incredible journey of one of our greatest broadcasters.
'The funniest book of the year and possibly all time.' *****Heat 'This book is a genuinely hilarious read' Shortlist 'A rare treat... painfully funny in that inimitable Alan way.' **** Sunday Express 'As a parody of celebrity autobiography, it's sound; but as a sustained piece of comic writing, it's outstanding.' **** Time Out 'Brilliantly witty' The Times 'This should be nominated for the Booker prize...it's a really funny book but it's actually more than that...it blows my post-modern mind' David Baddiel 'I, Partridge might just be the funniest book I've ever read. Proper laugh out load moment on every page.' Richard Bacon 'This fictional memoir ... could be the antidote to the celeb biographies that clog the Christmas book market. It's as acute a spoof of the publishing sub-genre as the Alan Partridge character is of a whole tranche of crassly opinionated lowbrow broadcasters...brilliantly sustained wit.' Evening Standard 'I, Partridge is an indispensable guide to what it's like to be an all-round media personality in the 21st Century. In this, it compares very well with the finest in the genre.' **** Mail on Sunday ***** The Telegraph 'Extremely funny' Word Magazine 'Pure comic genius' The Independent 'The best book of the year... without peer... I urge people to go out and buy it.' Danny Baker 'An acutely observed mock-memoir, touching on the great man's highs (receiving a Burton's Gold Card) and lows (Toblerone addiction) in equally self-regarding manner.' Independent on Sunday 'A magnificent comedy creation'; 'The significant celebrity book this year.' The Guardian
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st June 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.26